Just when you thought Botany Bay was making promises they couldn't keep - "Grounded" is finally here. And it has managed to not only keep the promises made, but quite a few besides that were never actually made.
Yes, it's emotion-packed, intimate and intense - what do you expect when someone puts all their heart and soul into an album? But at times it's also suprisingly funny and playful - while still remaining seamless and of a piece. And: The whole album is licensed under a creative commons by-nc-nd license. Neat, eh?
Botany Bay are an Alternative Pop Duo consisting of Stephan Kleinert (keys, g, perc, programming) and Laura Dietrich (voc, keys), aided and abetted by a host of guest musicians.
botany bay are
Stephan Kleinert, instruments, programming
Laura Dietrich, lead and backing vocals, keyboards
Ana Fieres, electric and acoustic guitars
Alexander Henn, lead vocals
Jette Klein-Berning, violin
Reinhard Mayr, electric guitars, bass
Kota Miura, hawaiian ukulele
Jeff Roberts, electric guitars, bass, lead vocals
the children of class 5d, Inda-Gymnasium, Aachen-Korneliemünster
All music and lyrics written by Stephan Kleinert
"Tu m'as dit" (Dietrich/Kleinert)
"Her Name" (Henn/Kleinert)
Lyrical supervision by Bettina Böhme
Cicadas recorded by Sazman
Crow cries used with kind permission of Samovila (http://www.samovila.de/)
Atmosphere on "Two Little Kittens" recorded at The Workshop, Karlsruhe, June 2000
Photography by Stephan Kleinert (front cover), Sabine Jordan ("The Crow Song", "Breathless", back cover), Bina Engel ("Love Is", "Moon Child"), Michael A. Kleinert ("Bicycle"), Bernhard Stocker ("Little Princess", "Feel") and Stephanie Schuldes ("Her Name").
Session photography by Stephanie Schuldes, Anna Kneisler, Stephan Kleinert and Laura Dietrich
Recorded in Heidelberg, Berlin, Aachen and Bonn, 2004 - 2007
Produced by Stephan Kleinert
"Bicycle" co-produced by Reinhard Mayr
"Miss You (3)" co-produced by Laura Dietrich
The audio portion (music) of this work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
"Grounded" on audio CD, complete with 20 page booklet and beautiful artwork, can be ordered on Botany Bay's homepage: http://botanybay.ubisonic.de/
1 - Kismet
2 - The Crow Song
3 - Then
4 - Love Is
5 - Tu m'as dit
6 - Miss You (1)
7 - Bicycle
8 - Travel
9 - Your People
10 - Little Princess
11 - Onward
12 - Moon Child
13 - Miss You (2)
14 - Two Little Kittens Can't Help It
15 - Feel
16 - Moving On
17 - Her Name
18 - Breathless
19 - Miss You (3)
On the CD, nearly all tracks segue into each other. Unfortunately, this effect can not be achieved with all but a few mp3 players. We recommend using iTunes and its "gapless album" feature to get the most out of "Grounded".
April 30, 2009 Subject:
Why is it that some of the best albums are available for free download? On Jameno there's ...anabase*, whose albums I've been playing repeatedly for the past couple of years or so, and now here I discover Botany Bay's excellent "Grounded", which I imagine I'm going to be playing as often and with as much pleasure.
The band's first album, "Tales of the Bitter Seed", is available for free download at last.fm.
Only the slightest complaint: nowhere on the IA page is there any indication of who's playing the excellent woodwinds.